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Red Dog; True Blue Poster

Summary: An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Kriv Stenders

Screenwriter: Daniel Taplitz

Cast: Josie Alec (Abby), Caitlin Berestford-Ord (Catherine), Syd Brisbane (Big John), Bryan Brown (Grandpa), Kee Chan (Jimmy Umbrella), Justine Clarke (Diane Carter), Thomas Cocquerel (Stemple), Jon Doust (McLeod), Alla Hand (Gilliam Shaw), Jason Isaacs (Michael Carter), John Jarratt (Lang Hangcock), Hanna Mangan Laurence (Betty), Steve Le Marquand (Little John), Winta McGrath (Nicholas Carter), Zen McGrath (Theo Carter), Levi Miller (Mick), Kelton Pell (Durack), Igor Sas (Dr. Samuel), Calen Tassone (Taylor Pete)

Runtime: 88 mins

Classification: PG

OUR RED DOG: TRUE BLUE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Nobody ever expected the original Red Dog film to go onto the greatness that it did when it was released back in 2011. Somehow the little Aussie family film showed the world that the Australian film industry wasn’t dead. While the industry had seen many Aussie filmmakers try the comedy vein, it seems it was the family comedy vein that still had life in it. The film grossed over $21 million in Australia alone.

Of course, not surprisingly word of a Red Dog sequel started to seep through while the first film was still raking in money at the box office. The only man who didn’t seem interested in the concept was the director Kriv Stenders (Boxing Day) who was already busy on his next project – the cult film Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg. Along the way, though something changed and now five years later we find ourselves sitting down to watch a prequel to the original – Red Dog: True Blue.

There is little wonder that Stenders was nervous about making another Red Dog film, a dud could tarnish the legacy that the first left behind. Luckily though Stenders once again teamed up with screenwriter Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory) and together the two men came up with a film that is different enough from the original film to give it its own identity, but not different enough to alienate fans of the first in the series.

This second film is told through the eyes of a Perth father Michael Carter (Jason IsaacsBlack Hawk Down) who after watching the original Red Dog movie in the cinema recounts the story of how he was actually the original owner of Red… or Blue as he was called back then. His story tells of his younger self (Levi MillerPan) being forced to leave home because of his mentally unstable mother and moving to outback Western Australia where he lived with his grandfather (Bryan BrownAustralia). On a cattle station.

The story sees Mick meet Blue and tells of the adventures that they had together including Mick falling in love for the first time, with his tutor the young and beautiful Betty (Hanna Mangan Laurence Acolytes).

Fans of the original film will see very early on that Stenders and Taplitz are onto a winning formula when they see the creative way that leads to Michael Carter telling his story. While it seems a little strange for the film to be referencing the first film so openly, but at that same time it so creative that you can’t help but applaud at the pure genius act that the two men have managed to deliver.

While Red Dog: True Blue is creative it does lack a little of the emotion that we felt from the first film. I’m man enough to admit that I teared up twice during Red Dog, but here Stenders and co takes the film in a completely different direction, this time the film is a pure coming of age story that sees a young boy take his dog with him on the start of life’s journey. While the film does also have a few moments that are likely to make you chuckle it doesn’t have anywhere near as many comedic moments as the first movie either.

Those that benefit from Stenders work here is the cast. Levi Miller is almost unrecognisable as the younger version of Mick and he settles into the period style of the film well. It is great to see Hanna Mangan Laurence back on the big screen and hopefully, we see her there again soon while as usual Bryan Brown leads the way with a mature performance as he leads the cast despite seemingly being in auto-pilot for most of the film. The big scene stealer here though is John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) who has a cameo as mining magnate Lang Hancock… and boy is it a cameo to remember.

Red Dog: True Blue is a smooth, enjoyable ride for the whole family. It might not reach the heights that the first film did but it is still a film that holds its own and reminds audiences just how fun it still can be to watch a coming-of-age story. The fact that it is being released on Boxing Day makes it the perfect family cinema outing this holiday season.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:  No rating available.

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Red Dog: True Blue Reviews: Dave Griffiths broadcast a Red Dog: True Blue on 2UE’s That’s Entertainment on the 8th December, 2016.

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SMALL TIME GANGSTER (Series 1).

NETFLIX has acquired the acclaimed Melbourne-made series SMALL TIME GANGSTER for UK, Australia and New Zealand with more territories to be announced shortly.

Directed by Jeffrey Walker, with a stellar cast including Steve Le Marquand, Gia Carides, Sacha Horler, Geoff Morrell and Gary Sweet, SMALL TIME GANGSTER follows the misadventures of Tony Piccolo, outwardly a devoted family man who earns his living cleaning carpets – who in reality is the toughest underworld enforcer in Melbourne.  But when Tony suddenly develops a conscience and his two worlds threaten to collide, he’s going to need more than just cleaning fluid to clear up the mess.

Gareth Calverley and Joss King created and wrote the show’s 8 episodes.

Producer Gareth Calverley commented,  “We’re delighted that some of the 63 million people who subscribe to NETFLIX the world over will now have the opportunity to see the show.”

Distributed globally by DRG UK, the show was produced in 2010/11 by Melbourne-based production company Boilermaker Pty Ltd in partnership with Burberry Productions. SMALL TIME GANGSTER was produced for The Movie Network by Gareth Calverley and Andrew McInally, with Peter Jenetsky, Tony Forrest, and Ewan Burnett as executive producers.

Producer Andrew McInally added, “It’s a testament to the quality of SMALL TIME GANGSTER that a few years down the road it has been acquired by NETFLIX worldwide and successfully remade as “UMBRE”  by HBO Europe.”

After generating record audiences for The Movie Network in 2011/12, SBS Australia screened the series in 2013/14. SMALL TIME GANGSTER was developed in partnership with Film Victoria and filmed on location in Melbourne, Victoria.

Jeffrey Walker was nominated for Best Director at the 2011 AACTA Awards for SMALL TIME GANGSTER and the show won the AWGIE for Best Original Mini-Series in the same year.

One Eyed Girl Award

Australian-made dark thriller, ONE EYED GIRL has won the Audience Choice award for Best Film at the 2015 Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, adding to its growing list of accolades, including Best Film in the Dark Matters Category at Austin Film Festival and Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

Coming up for its second week in selected cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, ONE EYED GIRL will soon be seen in Hobart and Darwin (dates and cinemas to be advised).

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL is distributed in Australia by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “What a thrill, to have competed here in the heart of filmmaking and then to be recognised like this. I’m so proud of all the cast and crew and I thank everyone who supported us along the way. I’d like to think this win may mean we can share the film with a wider Australian audience.”

One Eyed Girl

Summary: Travis, is a thirty-something psychiatrist haunted by the death of a former patient. On the brink of a nervous breakdown he stumbles across a group run by a charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the underworld of a Doom’s Day cult where he meets Grace, a mysterious teenage girl. When the cult comes under attack from the outside world, Travis must risk his life to free a girl, and save his soul.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th April, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Nick Matthews

Screenwriter: Craig Behenna, Nick Matthews

Cast: Craig Behenna (Tom), Elena Carapetis (Kate), Katy Cheel (Rachel), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Grace), Matt Crook (Marcus), Nic English (Toby), Sebastian Freeman (Ben), Steve Le Marquand (Father Jay), Sara West (Sarah), Lachlan Wilson (Andy), Mark Leonard Winter (Travis)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ONE EYED GIRL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: One Eyed Girl (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment One Eyed Girl reviews: You will also be able to hear our One Eyed Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #127.

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One Eyed Girl

We are pleased to advise that One Eyed Girl will release on April 30 at the following cinemas, with more to be added:

ADELAIDE
Trak Cinemas, 375 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens

MELBOURNE
Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Cameo Cinemas, 1620 Burwood Highway, Belgrave

SYDNEY
Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick

Filmmakers and actors will travel to each city, attending Q&A screenings and will be available for media interviews.

TOURING TALENT:
Nick Matthews (Director/co-writer)
David Ngo (Producer)
Craig Behenna (Co-writer/Co-producer/Actor)
Mark Leonard Winter (Actor)
Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Actor)
Steve Le Marquand (Actor)

TOUR DATES (including Q&A screenings):
MELBOURNE – April 23/24 (Classic/Cameo)
ADELAIDE – April 29 (premiere/Q&A at Regal Cinemas)
SYDNEY – April 30/May 1

Hollywood Reporter described it as “This engrossing, darkly tinged drama is an auspicious debut”; Austin’s The Examiner said, “Winner of the Austin Film Festival (AFF) Dark Matters Best Picture Jury Award, “One Eyed Girl” is an impeccable entry from Australia and the cream of the crop of this year’s festival across all categories.” And Australian cinema goers will have the chance to see ONE EYED GIRL when it releases on April 30.

ONE EYED GIRL is a dark thriller about Travis (Mark Leonard Winter), a young psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient.  On the brink of a nervous breakdown, he meets a teenage girl named Grace (Tilda Cobham-Hervery) who invites him to a secret church run by charismatic leader, Father Jay (Steve Le Marquand).  In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult, where he’s given one last chance at redemption.

ONE EYED GIRL is the debut feature film from writer/director Nick Matthews, who teamed with long time collaborators, first time producer/editor David Ngo and writer/actor Craig Behenna.

It stars the mesmerising Tilda Cobham-Hervey (hailed in Variety magazine as one to watch, and included in Vogue Australia’s Best Emerging Talent feature this month), a very strong Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, The Boy Castaways) and the always powerful Steve Le Marquand (Vertical Limit, A Few Best Men)

In December 2014, cinematographer Jody Muston won Silver at the Australian Cinematographers Society awards for her haunting cinematography on this film.

One Eyed Girl

A group of young Australian filmmakers is celebrating after their film, ONE EYED GIRL won the Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

The South Australian psychological thriller is the second feature film to take out the Dark Matters Award, after it was introduced to the AFF program last year.

Now in its 21st year, the Austin Film Festival is known for its focus on screenplays with strong storytelling.

ONE EYED GIRL – written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a gripping story about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), ONE EYED GIRL will be released in Australian cinemas on April 2, 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films.

On winning the award, Nick Matthews said, “It’s a great honour to win this award at a festival that champions story, and genre filmmaking. To receive it in front of so many film and TV heavyweights, like Madmen creator Matt Weiner and director Jim Sheridan is a doubly amazing. I’m stunned, and immensely proud of my cast and our fantastic crew. We’re looking forward to sharing the film with Australian audiences early in 2015.”

Says Craig Behenna, “I’m very proud that our first screening of One Eyed Girl has had such an amazing response at Austin. This festival has a great reputation for being all about the craft of filmmaking and taking storytelling seriously. It also makes me think of all the people who have supported and worked with us right from the beginning. Without their care and commitment and love for this film, we simply couldn’t have done it. To win an award in Austin and to accept it in a room filled with so many great filmmakers and storytellers who had made some of the films like In the Name of the Father, In America and many others that have had a huge impact on me was a surreal and fantastic moment. We’re pinching ourselves a bit.”

Producer Dave Ngo, “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who helped make this film. To win the Dark Matters Award seems so appropriate for such a dark and intense story. I can’t wait to return to Oz and celebrate with the team.”

And hinting that there may be another film in the pipeline, Ngo added, “Hopefully we’ll get to do it all again soon.”

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay competition director, Matt Dy said of ONE EYED GIRL, “Screenwriters Craig Behenna and Nick Matthews have written a script that, on the page, would very likely read as multi-layered and thrilling as it is seen on the screen through the film’s rich, haunting cinematography.”

Attending Austin Film Festival on behalf of ONE EYED GIRL are producer David Ngo, writer/director Nick Matthews, writer Craig Behenna and actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been touted by Variety and Vogue magazines as one of the Top 5 ones to watch.